If you’re looking for low-cost alternatives with fewer ingredients than the cleaning products traditionally sold in stores, a DIY cleaning solution might be for you. You’ll have the benefit of knowing exactly what goes into your cleaners so that you can exclude sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and any other harsh substances. Not only is making your own natural cleaning products easy and cost-effective--and it can even be fun!
Check out these easy, all-natural cleaning solutions you can make for your bathroom!
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1. MULTI-PURPOSE CLEANING SOLUTION
This spray is fantastic for grout and non-porous surfaces in your bathroom like vinyl, tile, tubs, toilets, and sinks. Baking soda and castile soap work together with the disinfectant properties of tea tree and lemon to provide a fresh, gentle clean. Just make sure you use it within a few weeks because this solution does not have as long of a shelf life as products with harsher ingredients!
- 16 oz spray bottle (glass preferred for least environmental impact)
- Baking soda
- Castile soap
- Tea tree essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
Pour two cups of warm, distilled water into your 16-oz bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda, cap the bottle, and shake it to mix the solution. Next, add 1 tablespoon of castile soap, followed by 30 drops of the tea tree essential oil and 20 drops of the lemon essential oil. Shake gently to combine.
2. SCOURING POWDER
When it comes to getting rid of stubborn soap scum, grime, and mineral deposits, sometimes a basic spray won’t do. That’s where the abrasive wonders of scouring powder come into play.
- Baking soda
- Borax (aka. sodium borate, a naturally-occurring mineral traditionally used in cleaning products)
- Kosher salt (optional)
- Recommended: airtight glass jar for storage.
Combine 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of borax, and 1 cup of kosher salt (optional) in a jar. Sprinkle the mixture on the area you want to clean. Rub the surface with a damp sponge or cloth, and then rinse it thoroughly with water (you can also rinse with distilled white vinegar). Keep in mind that salt might scratch a highly polished surface, so use with caution.
3. GLASS CLEANER
Whether you need to wipe down the vanity mirror or your shower door, this cleaning solution is by far the simplest. Just use Grandma’s tried and true standby: water and white vinegar.
Combine 4 cups of warm, distilled water with ¼ cup of distilled white vinegar. This will give you 34 fluid ounces to distribute amongst 2 or more average-sized spray bottles. Spray the glass you want to clean and wipe it with a dry cloth.
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